the story in my last film, "capitalism, a love story" and he invented the polio vaccine and people were shocked that he didn't want to trademark it or copyright it. that he decided to just give it away for free to the american people, to the world and he said he thought it would be immoral if he were to own that or make a profit off it. he said, you know what? i'm a doctor, i'm a researcher, i get a great salary, i live in a big house. what more do i need? i did this for the people. where is that? where is that sense of -- talk about patriotism, right? not just for america but for the world. we don't have
a discussion with arizona republican governor jan brewer. she discusses her tenure in office and presents her thoughts on illegal immigration. >> my name is john high bush and for those i've not medcom i think there are a couple of people here will fall in that category i and executive director of the ronald reagan presidential foundation and it is my pleasure to welcome all of you here this evening. in honor of our men and women in uniform who defend our freedom around the world i would like you to please stand and join me in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. thank you. please be seated.
before we get started i would like to recognize some special guests we have with us this evening and i will start with the ventura county clerk, mark. mark, there you are. [applause] michael brewer, the son of governor brewer. michael. [applause] and of course our library director, and duke. [applause] okay, i would like to take you all back in time to just under three years ago in january of 2009, and play a little game with you. i want you to imagine waking up on the morning of january 21 of that year, to learn that you are about to become the governor of one of our 50 states.
now, we are going to blindfold you and ask that you throw a big dart at the map of the united states and whichever state it lands on that is yours. you get to run it. now some people here are probably envisioning that they are dart lands on say california. so we would finally have someone in charge with enough commonsense. [laughter] [applause] to turn the state around. now some might be thinking colorado for their great skiing. others might think florida for his winter or vermont for his colorful fall. but, now i want you to imagine that regardless of where you are aiming, you are dart to land squarely in the middle of the state of arizona. now, some of you are probably imagining its glorious weather
with over 300 days of sunshine each year or it's fascinating native american and cowboy country. or the magnificent grand canyon, the rocks of sedona, the red rocks of sedona, the forested mountains of flagstaff or the amazing rivers and lakes that dot the landscape there. now, our special guests today did not get arizona with a dart three years ago by about. she became its 22nd governor after many years of tireless work, starting in the state legislature in 1982, moving to the state senate in 1987, the chairman of the maricopa county board of supervisors in 1996 and secretary of state in 2003. in that time she has never once lost an election. it if she had to do it all over, i am sure governor brewer a 40
year resident of the state, would have chosen to live in and govern arizona as their first choice no matter where her dart landed but it's the circumstances she inherited when she took the office, where she might have wanted to see a change or two. she has had her hands full. following the financial collapse of 2008, she inherited one of the worst financial crises of any state in the country, and like most every other governor, she has had to fight to diversify arizona's economy, to its improved share of higher paying jobs and reform its education system but very few governors, in fact none, have had to face the challenge of their federal government refusing to exercise its constitutional responsibility to protect its sovereignty and the safety and well-being of its own citizens. governor brewer has.
[applause] bis governor has got grit. she does not back down from a fight when it comes to protecting and improving the lives of the people of her state. [applause] and her life is a remarkable tale. if you did pick up her newest book before you came in here, i urge you to do so on your way out. it is a great american story told by a great american governor that we are honored to have with us this evening, so ladies and gentlemen please join me in welcoming governor jan brewer. [applause]
>> thank you all very very much. thank you. thank you and good evening to you all and thank you john for that very kind introduction. i must tell you that it is an extreme honor to be here with you all tonight in ronald reagan's library. it is quite awesome. thank you for allowing me to be here. i probably don't have to tell you that i love arizona. it's my home. it's an extraordinary place and after a long, hard day i look forward to walking in my garden to rest and relax and to enjoy the wildlife, watch the sunset and planned for challenges that i will have to face tomorrow. however, there something special
about being here in this place. it fills me with great joy and it fills me with an overwhelming sense of peace. for me, this really is america's chapel, a place to find confidence and faith in our destiny and yes, dare i say it? our exceptionalism. [applause] outside these walls, those feelings have been hard to come by recently, especially for anyone paying attention to what is happening to our country. not to mention to the governors who have been battling the bureaucrats in washington. here in the reagan library, library, my spirit is lifted and i am filled with renewed confidence in our country.
i find myself thinking about young americans and how things will look to them and decades ahead and how we must prepare our children to compete and succeed in a changing world. i know this is much to envision our future. we must understand our past. to decide who they will be and what they will give, young americans must grab what they have received. the year i was born, america was a nation of nearly 130 million people. only about 40% hard -- and the world was at war. three years earlier we had been attacked at pearl harbor where the uss arizona still rest today. our country sent its beloved
sons to fight in unfamiliar places far from home, just as we have sent our sons and daughters today. we have sent so many and so many were lost from the outposts outpost in the battlefields of world war ii more than 400,000 americans would not return home. it is hard to fathom those numbers today. very few americans even know them. the remaining survivors of that conflict, the last of the generation that would save the world from tyranny are in their late '80s and 90s. soon, they will all be gone. four days from now we will pay tribute to our nation's veterans so this is a good time for remembering. dwight eisenhower told his
troops, poised near the benches of normandy. they were about to embark upon the greatest days. the eyes of the world are upon you he said, the hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. in company with our brave allies and their brothers in arms on the front you will bring about the destruction of german war machines, the elimination of the nazi tyranny over the oppressed people of europe and security for ourselves in a free world. ronald reagan called them the boys of pointe do hawk, the man who took the quest, the champions who helped free a continent, the heroes who helped end a war. those men are now our heroes forever a part of the greatness of america. so when we gather for thanksgiving, let us be grateful
for the blessings of america and the sacrifices of those who built it and lent it to us. my father, wilford drinkwine, was doing his part fighting the nazis, working as a civil civil servant at the half thorne navy base in western nevada. he passed away when i was 11 years old. his death came after a and painful battle with lung disease contracted following years of exposure to the hazardous chemicals and toxic fumes at the base. even in the end, when my dad struggled for breath, he never regretted serving his country and i am proud to tell you of his patriotism. i am also proud to tell you that the most important mentor in my life was my mother, edna drinkwine. you see, i know what it's like to be a single mom struggling to
make ends meet while caring for your family. i saw my mother do that after my father died. she had never worked outside the home, but my mother knew she had to support her family. my brother and me. with meager savings, she bought a very small dress shop and i worked side eyesight with her until the time she sold it when i was 20 years old. that dress shop was really a classroom for me, where i learned the importance of hard work, responsibility, honesty, integrity and yes, courage from my mother's example. i think about my mother every day, especially since i was challenged with the opportunity to become governor of arizona. eisai challenge because i inherited the worst state budget
deficit in the nation. well, i am my mother's daughter. i was up to the challenge. i am a problem solver. i made a lot of painful decisions, some that still weigh heavily on my heart. in arizona, expenditures are almost down 20%. the number of state employees is down almost 15% and state employees, including me, take a 5% pay cut during the crisis but do you know what? we now have a balanced budget and a positive cash balance for the first time in years and it feels darned good. [applause] our state government is smaller. our state government is more efficient. our state government is focused on the future.
arizona is poised to move into our second century with but the creation of a new model to advance our economy, the arizona commerce authorities have public private entity focused solely on quality job retention and recruitment. meanwhile, education in arizona is being transformed. is a transformation supported by education and business leaders all across america. ..
choices, before the 1984 election, president reagan said, and i quote, "the choices this year are not just between two different personalities or to political parties. there between two distribution and -- vision to the future in too fundamentally different ways of governing. terror of pessimism and laments in of hope, confidence and growth. " it seems to me there are still two very different visions of the future facing increasing economic challenges around the world. yet to we have a president more inclined to apologize for america to uphold the principles. we have a president who
speaks to class warfare and cynical appeals even as he issues calls for civility. we confront persistence economic instability and decline that we have a president who looks on more big government excess that triggered it. what should bother us most is the ever-present that suggest america is not an exceptional nation. imagine. what other country has sent the finest young men and women to fight in the battlefield for justice? what other nation ever rose
not to conquer but to protect? what other nation has acted not to dominate but to liberate? we are an exceptional nation that is the fact. [applause] written in blood and sacrifice american patriots and their families obama does that have much in common with ronald reagan. but the principal difference between the two is fairly simple. 12 spread the wealth the other to spread freedom. in my book, "scorpions for
breakfast", i tell of my meeting with the bombing in the oval office mile looked him into the i to tell him i did not want to talk. about his so-called comprehensive immigration reform. when our borders route of control. i stand here today aiming to make a simple case on the subject of america's border with mexico and the immigration policy. i know my words will be distorted by those who disagree and my opponents have already paid as hard hearted and and compassionate. they are wrong. my career, my record, my life all stand as proof as how wrong the critics are. everything a share with you is hateful but nothing to do with extremism. instead it is rooted in
freedom otherwise sharing the spirit of the quest to form a more port -- perfect union to establish justice in to ensure domestic tranquillity to provide for the common defense and promote a general welfare to secure the blessings of liberty. we must secure and merck -- america's southern border. that is my truth. we must secure our border to keep our citizens state they save them because we're a nation of laws and to ensure the relationship with mexico there is no easier truth. those in washington will tell us from 3,000 miles
away but reporters are more secure than ever. tell that to the survivors of a dedicated to be the man shot to death on the same county ranch his family has called home of for more than 100 years. for those brave and noble patrol agent brian terry a victim of the border gain that was armed by our own federal government telling guns to be shifted to mexico with a "fast & furious" the operation. tell that to the arizonans who wake up to find a high pace be cases on our freeways and neighborhoods. who spend hours in over burgeoned emergency room on a saturday night while reading and consoling a suffering child.
tell that to our taxpayers whose bear the expense of the federal and state prison cells overflowing with more than 630,000 illegal aliens at a cost of more than $1.6 billion they spin and shout and denounces to disagree with them they learn that you suffer incredible verbal abuse. but let me assure you i believe in the truth and i believe like it is one year
on america and on to the world. it is ronald reagan's america up. it is that a special city on a hill. i believe within that shining city where we may be to ronald reagan again one day. to be able to take his hand and take him for the nation that he preserved for us because the western governor i will use the same philosophy as a english call with one quoted to ronald reagan as he headed to the california ranch in his retirement not by the eastern windows only when daylight comes, since it comes slowly, how slowly but westward the land is a bright for coughing keogh and may god bless you and
books. before you ask your question if you could raise your hand for the stooges hold up the hand to give you a microphone to introduce yourself. >> i am from burbank and i am wondering if there is any possibility of using the resources to prosecute some of the people involved and "fast & furious"? [applause] >> we first have to find the details i would assume that will be handled on a federal level. i will tell you, today we're getting a hour budgets under control we don't have a lot of money but certainly we will of bush prosecution and people will be held accountable for what is taking place in arizona and america. >> i just want to think you
and i you have $0.3 press release going all the way to the supreme court case new channel the immigration issue within the g.o.p. for the sir facing the same situation arizona faces? >> each state we certainly believe in a new federalism and we have all of giant together seven a with what america is facing i have had so many governors not only close to the western area of america that have then very supportive of to reach out and support them and i am sure i am looking forward to
this next election we may have the battle one. [applause] and with the belief system it is the unfair world there was a recent statement on the part of the administration that you said earlier america has lost exceptional as some. zero they are in conflict with each other for you cannot have one or the other at the same time. if you were running things what would you suggest to turn the country around quickly and effectively? >> remember what america was
built on. we all know it is all about freedom i believe so strongly that every president ought to look at those responsibilities are given to them and i also they have a strong defense i see a complete division between the federal government and state government. [laughter] it just simply a cannot do it all. we don't want them. be no better in our state what is best for our people and the federal government knows 3,000 miles away from us they just keep insisting that the administration continues to mandate mandates. not under any circumstances will we do that. hearing from every governor in the stake at the governor
out of our lives. the tax situation under control. our health situation and certainly not obamacare. [applause] arizona was one of the states that led the charge on that and we will continue but if we get back to our principles what the country was founded on america will be the great country that we know so well for govett exceptional country that we need to maintain it will take all of us. everyone in america sightseeing hard to spread the truth. i will tell you doing the right thing almost always is easier-- harder it then the easy thing that americans are up to it.
[applause] i don't have a specific question but you are the reason that the from michael reagan's report sometimes and video shows i was terrified in california is hard to be a conservative but after i saw you standing next to that a sign in america saying stay out. it is dangerous in our own country. when i saw you standing up to obama and did not back down in be kept thinking she cannot keep going like this. she will check and it out and you never did and all you wanted was to defend your home state your such an inspiration to me and i cannot shut up and amr i
never will again because if you. [laughter] >> thank you so very, very much. you are exactly what the republican party needs so much appreciate your comments are out it is amazing thank of the federal government coming into my stay 8 miles north of the border to put up signs in my desert to say travel like your own risk. and if you see anything call 911. who they think is answering those of calls? [laughter] that is not protecting my state but flat out surrender. [applause] you know, , it is absolutely
just coming here to me with you tonight it is like being among the storm. if we all stand on our principles, other rate people elected, we will have no one to blame but ourselves. [applause] >> it is an honor to be here. just curious if you had planned to make an endorsement for the nomination? [laughter] >> i have spent asked that by a lot of people as i travel around the united states of course, people have been calling and asking why will support. i say i will wait until i have my debate in arizona
which we're working on and we will have some fine questions answered however i do think we have a great bench of candidates willing to stand up to share with us what they believe they can do for this great country of ours but i will hold out and wait until i am totally satisfied to see what the answers are to the jobs and the economy added regards to what they will do with our defense and how well they handle all health care? what will they do about illegal immigration? it will take us all again, i cannot say the death, i have been in a grass-roots worker for the republican party 25
years i believe so strongly in our philosophy i don't want you to stop but i will share with you we're asking for people to participate so we can work collectively together across united states to get the right people in the right offices to protect us and our principal. [applause] >> the idea of this book was born out of frustration and the idea crystallize from me the first and only time i flew on air force one i had taken this job for "the washington post" where it was my assignment to write to more personal
and -- intimate stories of the presidency and it only took me may be one week of doing that job to realize they don't have intimate moments are none that i would get access to prepare everything about his life is outsourced in a crazy way. 94 and my house six calligraphers write whatever he wants, 70 people make his schedule every day. it is a huge army that helps them operate day to day and the schedule is subdivided into 15 minutes chalks and there is a secretary sits outside the oval office which actually has a reverse of people so she can look in the door to make sure things are running on schedule. he calls it to the bubble and sometimes it drives him crazy. and a few weeks i have been doing the job it was driving me crazy and probably my at
editor crazy because i was not getting to the personal moments of obama's life. finally after doing this for a few months, my turn came up to fly on air force one. the way it works is pretty much everybody who covers the president, your name is put into a huge data base for every time he goes on a trip, they go through said database did eight more people get their turn to fly. my name came up and i thought finally this is the moment i will be up close and i will have a chance to experience with this is like for him. i got dressed up and obama flies out of the private airforce base in virginia. i rented a car to drive over there because our car at the time was a battered pontiac grand am that we cafta down
with ed 20 ropes a rented a car i am sure they gave me the full 12 again bug and i drove over there waiting with eight other reporters for a return to board the plane may be rated an hour then they let us up. they are two entrances that lets us up the back one very rear and we walked up the stairs and sat down and said wait here we're waiting for the president to arrive. we waited half an hour then we heard the president is arriving. you have never seen reporters move this fast and was a mass scramble to get off the plane to watch the president's motorcade arrived to watch him go up six steps to the front of
the plane. they were very illuminating we saw what he was wearing and rear frantically taking notes about we got back on the plane and flew to new hampshire and scramble off the plane as fast as we could to watch the president walked those six steps again back to the motorcade and we followed behind separately. this event actually there was not enough time are space, but the press to go into the events we're off site watching on closed-circuit tv taking notes that way. i was feeling honestly frustrated trying to write about the presidency in any meaningful way if i was listening to it his speech but it clicked. he talked about the 10 letters said he reads every night that is a sampling of
the 20,000 letters that come into the white house every day and talks about what he felt for his own the direct connection left to the people in the country and said that is what sometimes kept him sane when he felt he was so barricaded. i realize pretty quickly that that was personal and real and genuine and i wanted to try to write about. and started with the story for the post i wrote to a longer piece about getting those 10 mutters then the paper was generous enough to give me i leave for a year where i did go to montana they have totally eliminated the distinguished from the professor title. i went there and wrote and at the end of this year i did get time on the president's schedule where the secretary looked through the people while we talked
about the letters. i will read a brief part of the book now from at half hour i had with him smith like the president said the hard this letters to read rather ones that made him feel remote or powerless people tend to write to their president and circumstances turn in dire. it is a matter of last resort but incited obama's purple folder was eighth wave of desperation so many needed urgent help sometimes it was so slow before legislation could improve people's lives. a few times during the presidency obama was so moved by a letter he had written a personal check believing it is the only way to ensure fast results for gun at something i should advertise but it has happened.
many of the times he assorted letters to government agencies are cabinet secretaries after attaching the standard handwritten note that says can you please take care of this? they can be heartbreaking, just heartbreaking. some view say i want to help this%. i may not have the tools right now. then you think about the fact for every one person who wrote to there may be another hundred thousand going through the same thing. there are times when i read the letters i feel pain i cannot do more faster to make a difference. sometimes he said the whitehouse makes them long four days of committee organizing making $10,000 per year working on the sell side of chicago. just grudging from college purchasing use part driving around a housing project to speak with residents about their lives. he became familiar with the same issues that flooded mail 25 years later.
chronic unemployment and struggling schools for out he was considered them master hands-on problem solver. he was 93 and still skinny and lawyers and some of the women made a habit of in 518 him into the home to cook for him. he looked around the apartment to make a list of the band's issues and arrange meetings with city housing officials to talk about the avesta's problem and establish a tenants rights organization and a job training program and preparing students for college. when he left for harvard law school, obama has set his press for the future. you wanted to become a politician, a job to allow him to listen to people's problems to enjoy the simple satisfaction to sell them and now the most powerful politician of all but fixing problems seem to more difficult and satisfaction